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Ariel (1988)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | October 1990 (USA)
A Finnish man goes to the city to find a job after the mine where he worked is closed and his father commits suicide.

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Aki Kaurismäki

Writer:

Aki Kaurismäki
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Turo Pajala ... Taisto Olavi Kasurinen
Susanna Haavisto Susanna Haavisto ... Irmeli Katariina Pihlaja
Matti Pellonpää ... Mikkonen
Eetu Hilkamo Eetu Hilkamo ... Riku
Erkki Pajala Erkki Pajala ... Kaivosmies
Matti Jaaranen Matti Jaaranen ... Pahoinpitelijä
Hannu Viholainen Hannu Viholainen ... Apuri
Jorma Markkula Jorma Markkula ... Prikkamies
Tarja Keinänen Tarja Keinänen ... Nainen satamassa
Eino Kuusela Eino Kuusela ... Mies rannalla
Kauko Laalo Kauko Laalo ... Asuntolanhoitaja
Jyrki Olsonen Jyrki Olsonen ... Mies Asuntolassa
Esko Nikkari Esko Nikkari ... Autokauppias
Marja Packalén Marja Packalén ... Tuomari (as Marja Packalen)
Mikko Remes Mikko Remes ... Vankilalääkäri
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Storyline

The movie tells the story of Taisto Kasurinen, a finnish coal miner whose father has just committed suicide and who is framed for a crime he did not commit. In jail, he starts to dream about leaving the country and starting a new life. He escapes from prison but things don't go as planned... Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ariel See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Aki Kaurismäki wrote the script over a weekend. See more »

Quotes

Taisto Olavi Kasurinen: What are those?
Mikkonen: Sedatives.
Taisto Olavi Kasurinen: What for?
Mikkonen: Ask me again in a year.
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Follows Shadows in Paradise (1986) See more »

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Menneitä muistellessa
Written by Olavi Virta
Performed by Olavi Virta
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19 September 2004 | by emreyav3See all my reviews

This is the second Aki Kaurismäki film I have seen.The first one was 'The Man Without a Past. After enjoying that a lot, I decided to watch the other movies of Kaurismaki, because I believe he is very good in expressing the 'life' through the simple daily life events or talks. When I watched Ariel, the first thing I noticed was, as in the previous movie, the characters don't speak much, but when they speak they are concise and to the point. The relationships start very abruptly and different from what is normally expected, but all of them end up being loyal and caring. With the beginning of the journey of the miner (Kasurinen) to the south by a convertible car, the movie also starts to present its comedy, romance, action and drama. Kasurinen keeps his calmness through all that happens to him and in the end he achieves his goal. I can recommend this movie to those who like details .


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